We are authors, feminists, consultants, and staunch Europeans from Berlin. Our work focuses on the areas European integration, political and youth participation, and gender equality. We write and publish articles and books, give workshops and keynote speeches, moderate and provide consulting.
Ever since meeting at college in the United States in 2008, the two of us talked about our world and how it may be improved. We realized that we shared a keen interest in politics and finding concrete solutions to big societal questions. Back in Germany in 2013 we commenced to contribute to public debates by writing Op-Eds and launching our first political campaigns. Whether #FreeInterrail, #EuropeLovesUK, or UN Women's #HeForShe: what began as a hobby has since turned into a full-time devotion.
Today we are committed to bringing about a more just society, a unified Europe, and a world of gender equality. We are each contributing a unique set of perspectives and skills to our work as a team, yet we share the fundamentals: a belief in progress, the power of ideas, and a society, in which everyone can contribute. We publish articles in German and international news media, share ideas and experiences on TV and radio, speak at conferences or moderate them. We are in touch with politicians, civil society stakeholders, companies, churches, governments, ministries, as well as (young) change-makers from all parts of society.
Our work has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Jean Monnet Prize for European Integration, the Innovation in Politics Award, the Politikaward and the Good Lobby Award.
We dedicate our lives to creating a more just and egalitarian European society.
Vincent (*1988) has had his first points of contact with political and societal questions thanks to his family. Already on, his parents, his sister, and he would discuss feminism or the importance of individual contribution over dinner. After finishing high school in Berlin, Vincent studied history, sociology, and political science in the United States (Bachelor of Arts) and Germany (Master of Arts).
He strongly believes in the power of ideas to make a better world and that everyone, independent of their background, can have a part in this. He particularly likes writing and engaging with (young) audiences. With articles and books, keynote speeches and workshops, he hopes to encourage readers and listeners to unlock their own potential for change-making, while also providing them with the right tools to do so.
To him, European integration is one of the most fascinating political projects of our time.
To him, feminism is needed foundation for a better world.
To him, political participation offers to opportunity to be part of something bigger than one self.
Vincent is married to the peace researcher Amy Herr. They currently live in Berlin and have a daughter.
Martin (*1986) grew up in rural Bavaria. After completing an apprenticeship as industrial management assistant he studied economics and mass communication in the United States and Germany. As an entrepreneur, he started two companies and launched a number of impactful political campaigns.
He is convinced that societal progress requires all of us. That's why he is investing much time in a broad and diverse network that includes stakeholders of different backgrounds and perspectives. His own life story, that includes some contradictions and set-backs, enables him to encourage others to find the confidence to make a difference without the fear of failure.
To him, Europe is the best recipe for a good future.
To him, feminism is a movement in which men have a role.
To him, political participation is a privilege, which should be used.
He lives with his partner in Berlin and Frankfurt.